WIN a twin size organic cotton mattress worth $494!

by 06/29/15   filed under: contest, eco toddler, green family, green kids, sleeping

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Sleep. It’s no doubt one of the biggest topics on your radar as a parent. How much or how little sleep you and your kids are getting, co-sleeping, sleeping through the night, big kid beds… you get the idea. But a not so discussed topic is what kind of mattress are you sleeping on, and is it nontoxic? We spend 1/3 of our lifetime in bed, so slipping into slumber on a natural mattress will eliminate prolonged exposure to the dangerous cocktail of chemicals that are embedded in conventional mattresses. We know how important a safe sleep environment is, and one that’s free from off gassing materials, so we’re giving one lucky Inhabitots reader a twin-sized Pure Echo mattress valued at $494! The Pure Echo mattress is a medium-firm mattress comprised of GOTS certified organic cotton and Joma wool that serves as a fire barrier — so it meets all flame retardant standards without any of the toxic chemicals inherent in traditional beds.

BONUS: Inhabitots readers can visit My Green Mattress today to take advantage of a special promotion: get $75 off any mattress when you use the code INHABITOTS$75.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE MY GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like best about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you should be the lucky winner of an organic, green mattress.

Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, friends, and family the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Kids can soar into dreamland as superheroes with DC Comics organic sleepwear from Hanna Andersson

by 06/29/15   filed under: green kids, kids clothing

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Superhero loving kiddos will adore the new DC Comics sleepwear from Hanna Anderson. Made sustainably with Oeko-Tex certified 100% organic cotton, kids can channel their inner Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman at bedtime. The pajamas feature super smooth flatlock seams and ready-to-grow cuffs, plus a stretch waist that allows for room to grow. (Available in sizes 18 months- US 14) Need slippers? Check out the coordinating superhero slipper moccasins made with faux suede microfiber soles and a cozy terry texture inside. All that’s missing is the Batmobile, which you can learn to make here.

RELATED | Handmade capes, caps and wrist cuffs let little ones channel their inner superhero

+ DC Comics™ Pajamas and Slippers $26.00-$46.00

+ Hanna Andersson

 

HOW TO: Make a vegan roulade filled with colorful, mesmerizing veggie swirls

by 06/29/15   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking

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"The Man with the Golden Arm" has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

by 06/29/15   filed under: green baby, green maternity, green pregnancy, health & body, prenatal

When James Harrison was just 14 years-old, he received a life-saving blood transfusion during an invasive chest surgery. His father, a blood donor, encouraged him to pay it forward when he was old enough to start donating blood himself, and has he ever! Harrison has donated blood every week for the past 60 years — and at the age of 78 his blood has saved over 2 million babies in his homeland of Australia, due to his rare blood type which was probably an unlikely side effect of the transfusion he received. His rare blood type made it possible to create a treatment for a widespread pregnancy complication that, if left untreated, resulted in an unborn baby’s brain damage or even death. Read on to learn more about “The Man with the Golden Arm.”

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CorkiMats are comfy play mats made from sustainable cork, bamboo, and organic cotton

by 06/28/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green baby, green baby gifts

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Pillobebe’s cushy CorkiMats look comfy enough even for moms and dads to take some much-deserved rest, though these play mats were actually created to provide a safe and fun place for little ones to explore. CorkiMats are crafted from cork, bamboo, and organic cotton and are covered with a 100% GOTS certified cover that can be removed for easy cleaning. Cork and bamboo might seem like surprising choices for a play mat, but both are sustainable fiber sources: cork bark can be harvested numerous times without hurting the trees and renewable bamboo is fast-growing. CorkiMats come as a nine-tile set, and you can choose between sets that all have the same design or some with two different patterns. The price of the mats is a little on the steep side, but since they are made to last for years and can be used for a variety of purposes including as an exercise mat or made into tunnels or a toy bin, we are confident you’ll get your money’s worth. The toxin-free tiles can be easily Velcroed together or separated, so you can take a few along when the family is traveling or take them all apart and store them when you need extra floor space. And if you happen to end up lying down on a CorkiMat yourself during naptime for a little shut-eye, we won’t judge — been there!

+ CorkiMat $355.00-$385.00

+ Pillobebe

 

Hasbro changes the gender of all their Jurassic World dinosaur toys from girls to boys

by 06/27/15   filed under: green toys, news

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The tooth-bearing, tourist stomping dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World may all be female (as explained as an actual plot point in the films), but toy manufacturer Hasbro took artistic license in the release of their latest collection of toys inspired by the movie because they don’t seem to think females are tough enough. For their new line of dino toys that accompany the release of Jurassic World, Hasbro has taken it upon itself to give the dinosaurs a gender reassignment. The packaging of the toys, marketed for boys, describes each and every dinosaur action figure as a “he.” Hasbro must be afraid little boys won’t want to play with bad ass girl dinosaurs. Get with the times, Hasbro — this ideology is positively archaic.

+ Hasbro

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UNICEF report shows much more progress needs to be made for the welfare of children worldwide

by 06/26/15   filed under: education, green education, green kids, health & body, kids health, news

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Fifteen years ago in September, United Nations leaders came together to agree on Millenium Development Goals, a framework by which progress would be measured to improve life for everyone. Although forward progress has been made over the years, millions of children throughout the world are still suffering. This year, 2015, was identified as the target date for the accomplishment of many of their goals. Despite the progress, when rates of improvements are adjusted for population growth, it becomes clear that a great deal more is necessary to solve the problems that plague our children.

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California's bill to ban personal & religious child vaccine exemptions advances amidst heated debate

by 06/26/15   filed under: education, green baby, green education, green family, green kids, kids health, news, parenting

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In California, an aggressive mandatory vaccination bill has passed the State Assembly and is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. Despite protests from parents seeking to protect their rights, the bill has steadily gained traction among lawmakers. Last month, we reported that the Senate passed the bill in a 25-10 vote. The bill went on to the Assembly, where it underwent review by committee, before it was approved with a 46-30 vote yesterday, on June 25.

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Japanese preschool designed to collect rainwater to delight puddle jumping kids

Japanese preschool designed to collect rainwater to delight puddle jumping kids

Rain can be a real bummer when it thwarts playtime activities outdoors. Rather than force the children of the Dai-ichi Yochien Preschool to have to stay indoors on rainy days, Hibino…

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Minimalist Ovo high chair by Micuna evolves into a desk chair for your older child

Minimalist Ovo high chair by Micuna evolves into a desk chair for your older child

The beautiful and eco-minded Ovo High Chair is the perfect high chair for babies starting at six months-old — and given its thoughtful design, it evolves so that it can be used…

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LivKids allergy bracelets keep kids safe in style

LivKids allergy bracelets keep kids safe in style

The LivKids range was founded by Karen Gold when her then two year-old daughter, Olivia, had an allergic reaction to a sweet treat and went into anaphylactic shock. Karen realized that…

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Study finds that smoking around toddlers is as damaging as smoking while pregnant

Study finds that smoking around toddlers is as damaging as smoking while pregnant

As if anyone needed an excuse to quit the filthy habit of smoking, researchers have found that smoking around your toddler could have the same effects as smoking while pregnant. A…

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LEGO is investing $150 million to ditch plastic & start creating their blocks with sustainable materials

LEGO is investing $150 million to ditch plastic & start creating their blocks with sustainable materials

LEGO has announced a plan to develop sustainable manufacturing materials that would allow the toy company to ditch plastic forever. The Denmark-based company is investing millions to…

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Handmade wooden Avakai Dolls use smart technology to communicate with each other

Handmade wooden Avakai Dolls use smart technology to communicate with each other

German design team Vai Kai spent over a year interacting with kids and families about the types of smart toys they would want to play with, and Avakai dolls are the super creative…

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NYC students celebrate the end of polystyrene trays with a giant puppet show

NYC students celebrate the end of polystyrene trays with a giant puppet show

Last month, we reported that the six largest school districts in the U.S. would be switching to compostable plates to replace the polystyrene trays they have been using for…

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HOW TO: Make bonfire banana boats with melted dark chocolate

HOW TO: Make bonfire banana boats with melted dark chocolate

1. Gather the ingredients banana organic dark chocolate (one bar per banana) 2. Cut the banana Lay the banana on its “back” and cut a slit down the curved length making a…

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Novella Crib has an extended life as a toddler bed, day bed and reading nook

Novella Crib has an extended life as a toddler bed, day bed and reading nook

If you’re looking for a crib with more uses and a longer life than many typical baby cribs, than Novella Crib by Nursery Works may be just the ticket. This aesthetically…

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Green spaces around schools linked to smarter, more attentive kids

Green spaces around schools linked to smarter, more attentive kids

Spending time in nature gives most of us a feeling of peace and wholeness with the earth as well as a mood boost, but those feel-good emotions are usually not enough for scientists who…

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